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February 26th

Ireland Avenue just a few official steps away

Tiffin council remains optimistic

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has encountered many roadblocks on its six-year path to extending a main thoroughfare through town, but the Ireland Avenue project continues to gain ground.
At the city council meeting Feb. 12, City Attorney Crystal Raiber told the council the remaining necessary easement agreements were falling into place at last.

Green-Douglass to appear on primary ballot in June

JOHNSON COUNTY– Lisa Green-Douglass became a political junkie at the age of 21, the first time she attended her first Iowa caucus, during the presidential election year of 1980.
“I was immediately drawn into the whole process,” said Green-Douglass. “When you are at a caucus, you are in the initial picking process. You help create the party platform. Sometimes, some of those issues end up getting legislated. It was such a thrill for me to see grass roots politics, and really understand for the first time in my life what that really meant.”

Season’s end

Lady Spartans fall to North Scott after defeating Maquoketa in first round

ELDRIDGE– The season came to an end for the Lady Spartans over the weekend, but not without a valiant effort.
Solon’s girls fell to North Scott in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal Saturday at Eldridge, 63-51.
After falling behind by 13 points in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans played the Lancers evenly the rest of the way.

Spartans trounce South Tama

Three in a row for Solon boys

SOLON– The Spartans will have a chance for their 11th consecutive district title Thursday when they face Benton Community at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School.
Solon’s boys defeated South Tama 82-36 in a District 10 semifinal Monday, Feb. 24, at Van Horne to set up the showdown with the Bobcats, who came from behind to defeat Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in overtime.
Solon had its own close call with CCA Friday, Feb. 21, in a makeup game against the Clippers in Tiffin. The Spartans edged away with a 68-62 win to end the regular season on a winning note.

Champion

Lance Evans caps an undefeated season with Solon’s third state wrestling title

Lance Evans is a champion.

The Solon senior won the Class 2A 220-pound title at the Iowa high school wrestling tournament over the weekend.
He became the third Solon wrestler to do so, joining Randy Beranek and Cody Kroul, according to Solon Activities Director Keith McSweeney.
And he did it without a single loss, completing the season 31-0.
“It is very impressive to go through the entire year undefeated,” said Solon wrestling head coach Brooks McLaren. “In the last two years, he has only lost two high school matches.”

First Presbyterian near Ely to hold March 2 celebration

ELY– First Presbyterian Church near Ely has a tradition of celebrating on the Sunday preceding the beginning of Lent. In the past they have celebrated with polka, bluegrass or jazz bands, as well as individual musicians performing during worship.
On Sunday, March 2, the church invites friends and neighbors to celebrate with them, starting with a pancake and sausage breakfast prepared and served by the church youth group from 8 until 9:15 a.m. (free-will donation).

Seeking T-shirt artwork for the 2014 Solon Beef Days celebration

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2014 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 18 and 19.

Solon Public Library

New books on the shelf

New fiction includes these titles: “Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer, “Killer” by Jonathan Kellerman, “Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman, “Lost Lake” by Sarah Addison Allen, “Drowning Spool” by Monica Ferris, “Concealed in Death” by J.D. Robb, “Private L.A.” by James Patterson, “River Road” by Jayne Ann Krentz, “After I’m Gone” by Laura Lippman, “Moving Target” by Judith A. Jance, “Tiger Shrimp Tango” by Tim Dorsey and “My Name is Resolute” by Nancy E. Turner.

Ely Rotary to host soup supper March 8

ELY– Gateway Rotary Club is hosting a chili/chicken noodle soup supper from 4 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. It will be held at the legion hall in downtown Ely.
This a fundraising project for various programs at College Community schools, especially at Prairie Edge and Prairie Woods facilities. There will be live entertainment provided by Shima Country Sounds, and a bake sale supplied by local residents.
The cost is $5 per person and children under 5 are free.
Questions can be directed to Brad Buchanan at 319-560-8075.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K March 8

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 9 a.m. beginning at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.
This is an “off-the-grid race” full of hills, creeks, hay bales and natural and manmade obstacles. Water and refreshments will be provided at the finish line.